Category Archives: Technology

Windows Update Error 0x80070422

Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn. 

Problem:  10.17.17   When running a Windows 10 update, I receive the error 0x80070422. 

Solution that worked:    In Cortana, type in "Services". Right click on the "Services: Desktop app" result and select "Run as Administrator".  0x80070422  In Services, scroll down to "Windows Update", right click on it and select "Properties".  Make sure Updates is enabled and started. Maybe even stop it and start it again. 

Worked on 10.17.17. 

Converting mpg to dvd

Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn. 

DVD Flick – old standby, works a majority of the time

ConvertXtoDVD6  – watermark

Nero 2017 – long installation, installed 5 unneeded programs, kept crashing at start

WinX DVD Author  – could not find DVD Drive

Easy MPG to DVD Burner – command failed everytime

AVStoDVD – full of crap

DVD Author – creates ISO



Firefox not keeping settings – not solved

(Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn.)


EDIT 6.27.17:   This solution does not work.  Onward…


   Apropos of nothing, this post is mainly so I remember how I did this. 

Once upon a time, at my job we were encouraged to use a program called Update Freezer for the public use computers.  The program was simple enough, install it and turn it on and you could disable the updates for all the major programs (Adobe, Chrome, Firefox, Apple, Windows) .  It worked well enough but honestly I didn't find it any quicker or easier than manually updating the computers.  

  As Windows 10 came along, we abandoned Update Freezer but not entirely it seems.  Enough of the remnants of the program remained to cause future updating problems. 

   The biggest problem was Firefox.  Every time a patron tried to open Firefox, they were asked if they want to import settings from another browser.  The Search Engine, Home page and History rules would never stay.  Now re-installing Update Freezer, enabling all the updates and uninstalling Update Freezer, sometimes more than once, fixed everything else. Firefox would not play nice.  I tried uninstalling Firefox with Revo Uninstaller and re-installing it but the same problems occured. 

     Turns out there is a Javascript in the Firefox installation that needed to be gotten rid of.  One would think that a Revo Uninstallation would take care of that.  So after re-installing, click on the menu icon and then Help.  In the first section, click Open Folder.  Find any Javascripts with the words perfs in it.  Delete them.  Restart Firefox.  Firefox will rebuild that perfs script and you can customize away. 

Why I am replacing my Garmin Vivosmart HR

My new Fitbit is coming in the mail today.  Looking forward to moving on from this Garmin Vivosmart HR I purchased in June.  

    The app doesn't allow me to account for time on the elliptical.  Previously with my old Fitbit I could do that.  It gave me more incentive to actually use the ellipitcal if I was getting 'step credits' for it.  

   I don't trust the information I was getting.  I could walk up and down the stairs in my house from the basement to the 2nd floor and back again and the device would not reigster any changes in levels.  Then randomly I would doing a 5 mile walk around town and the device would congratulate me for climbing 10 flights.  Not everytime or even often, just a few times.  

    More often than not I would be walking around the house, getting some cleaning done but as soon as I sat down, the device would urge me to move.  Did it not register the movement that just happened?  Can't tell.  The pedometer was not even but would "catch up" every so often.  

   The device would disconnect from Bluetooth for no reason. I would have to pair it with my phone again at least once a week.  


Editing mpg files with VLC

   This is a neat trick.  I've been transferring VHS tapes to DVDs for patrons.  One of them wanted to send just a 30 second bit to a friend. 

Movie Maker used to be my goto program for such but lately has been declaring files as "corrupted" without reason.  I know Microsoft is phasing out the program so I looked at that old workhorse VLC.  Amazing program, didn't let me down. 

   Pretty simple.  Open up the file in VLC (right-click and Open With…), under View —> Advanced Controls.  Once that is activated, you will see some new icons above your usually controls down at the bottom.  The one to the left is 'Record'.  Play your file, and when you want get to the part you want to separate you hit 'Record'.  When you are done you hit 'Record' again.  The copied bit will now be in your Videos folder.  


Amazing Spider-man of Steam not starting

I purchased the Amazing Spider-Man in a Steam flash sale. The next weekend when I attempted to launch it, the game told me I didn’t have enough memory.  The solution:  – go into Steam/steamapps/common/The Amazing Spider-Man and delete the VideoDetection.dll file.   The game runs fine after that.  Not a bad game, the music is very New Marvel and gets on my nerves.

We are ….


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Heroic rebels for the modern age.  Insolent jerks with too much time abusing  the technology and advantages given to them.  Neither and all of the above.

What the advancement of the internet represents is really information and communication.  This is for better and worse sure but so is every technological advance.  To sit down and read every tweet from 2014 would take more than one human being’s lifetime and frankly why would you want to? Communication does not always equal concrete information.

Watching the human race learn, adapt and evolve to this is fascinating.  On the forefront of this are our First World expendables (and I mean that in the nicest way) the over-intelligent and underutilized who were never given the direction and motivation that their privilege could have.  Surrounding them are their mates the internet masses who are striving to create a digital culture with all the foibles, beauty and savagery the human race can offer.  What a virtual petri dish of human potential.

I loved this book and you should read it.

Audible corrupts Chrome

For a while I was having a problem with my Chrome Browser.  Whenever I opened it, I was told it hadn’t shut down correctly and would I like to restore.  I traced this back to the day I downloaded and installed Audible Manager to take advantage of a free audiobook offer.  Research showed I was far from the only person that this had happened to.

In order to fix this I had to uninstall Audible completely and completely uninstall Chrome before reinstalling.  Merely resetting Chrome did not work.